Apple reportedly delays production of larger iPad; Xiaomi expects revenue of $16B this year

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> China's Xiaomi expects revenue this year to rise over 50 percent to more than $16 billion as the smartphone maker diversifies its product lineup. Article

> ZTE is defending its quiet U.S. strategy with one big claim: It is one of the only Chinese smartphone makers with substantial U.S. market share. Article

> Mobile payments service Softcard said its apps will go offline as of March 31 following Google's acquisition of certain Softcard assets in a deal announced last month. Article

> A hands-on look at Silent Circle's security-focused Blackphone. Article

> Apple will reportedly delay until September the start of production of its larger-screened iPad. Article

> BlackBerry announced that BlackBerry Messenger has been downloaded more than 100 million times on Android, though that's not the same as the number of active BBM users on Android. Article

Wireless Tech News

> It didn't take long for Aruba Networks' competitors to seize on the company's acquisition by HP, letting the world know that they will take advantage of the situation and do their best to steal market share where they can. Article

> Although some industry players are still debating whether 5G will require a new air interface, Huawei used the Mobile World Congress trade show this week to showcase its new 5G air-interface technology, saying it will boost its 5G research and patent portfolio. Article

 Telecom News

> FairPoint Communications continues to make progress with its northern New England wireless backhaul plans, announcing during its fourth-quarter earnings call that it has reached 1,100 cell towers with fiber while preparing for new small-cell opportunities. Article

> Sean Buckley has five reasons why AT&T, Verizon should see Level 3 as a bigger business-services threat. Editor's Corner

Cable News

> HBO's new a la carte service reportedly will be called HBO Now, and it will launch next month, amid the April 12 season premiere of series hit Game of Thrones, with a $15-a-month price tag. Article

> Netflix Issued a statement Wednesday reiterating its support for the FCC's newly codified net-neutrality guidelines after one of the SVOD company's top executives seemed to backtrack from the company's earlier stated position. Article

And finally… 10 things Samsung's new Galaxy phones can do that the iPhone can't. Article

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